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Seodaemun Prison History Hall

120-080  251 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul  

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Seodaemun Prison was used to intern Korean patriots during the Japanese occupation. Until the Liberation of Korea on August 15, 1945, it was known as a clandestine mecca for the anti-Japanese resistance fighters, where they were tortured and executed. The Seodaemun Prison History Hall opened in November 1998 in Seodaemun Independence Park to commemorate the patriots who sacrificed their lives in the fight for Korean independence during the Japanese occupation. It consists of a historic exhibition hall, a central prison, jail cells, a hospital, the patriot memorial, an execution room, a tunnel through which corpses were carried, a watchtower, and a basement jail cell where the female patriot, Yu Gwansun, was tortured and killed.

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Address
120-080  251 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul  
Subway
Dongnimmun Station (subway line 3) exit 5, roughly 10 min. away on foot

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Traveler RatingRating:4.5 (Based on 375 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Seodaemun Prison History Hall

  • Piece of history
    It's very easy to get there, by using the Orange subway line, hence I would absolutely recommend going. If gives you an amazing insight, of the status of Korea, during the Japanese occupation. Even...
    Rating:5 RachelVos2019-10-15
  • educational experience
    Easy to get to this interesting museum from the City Tour Bus or subway - line 3 (Orange line) to Dongnimmun station, Exit 5 and a very short walk to the entrance. Open from 0930-1800 in the summer...
    Rating:4 dawns049662019-10-04
  • History learning
    This is formally used as a prison during Japanese Colonial Age. Now, it's a history museum for locals and foreign visitors. - The area is huge and there's not enough air conditioning. Try to avoid...
    Rating:5 590jhl2019-09-06
  • eye-opening
    there is so much to learn about what happened during the japanese occupation. this is a prison where koreans supporting the resistance movement were imprisoned and tortured. you can walk through...
    Rating:5 wxwxwxwxwx2019-08-06
  • wow
    I was not expecting it to wow me but the setup was actually very good. It was not just empty rooms but displays and explanations of what each room and each building represented during its active...
    Rating:5 al22tecc2019-07-09
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